Having the right car speakers makes the big difference between a good and a bad car listening experience especially during long drives, traffic jams and a stress-filled day.
An excellent car audio system is indeed becoming a necessity than luxury for the many of us. Playing music, singing along with it and killing the boredom are only a few things with which it can help you.
That is why when fitting your car with new speakers or upgrading an existing one, you must check on some factors that might help you pick the right one to amplify your car audio experience.
What is it? It is denoted by the symbol Z and refers to the expression of the opposition, which a system, circuit or component is offering a direct and/or alternating electric current. It also means the vector quantity (a two-dimensional one) consisting of two separate scalar (one-dimensional) phenomena: reactance and resistance.
But what is the easiest way of defining impedance? To those who have heard it the first time, perhaps it can be safe to say that impedance is the resistance that a speaker is giving to the voltage and current being applied to it.
Speaker impedance, that is, can be referred to as the car audio system’s resistance.
However, it is also important to note that this changes according to the signal frequency being fed to the speaker.
As music does not have the same frequencies, you will end up getting nominal impedance. It only means that ‘more or less’ the lowest amount the speaker is going to dip down to in the resistance to the load, which is being applied at a given frequency within the operating range.
Many speakers belong to the 6 to 8 ohm rating.
Take note: A speaker rated with four ohms is more likely than not to be a high end. Plus with a lower range on impedance, the speaker will be open to different design opportunities and choices. But in general, most people are opting for the 6-8 ohm speaker norm.
Does low impedance translate to high quality audio?
Again, the speaker impedance changes especially when the sound is going up and down in frequency or pitch. In addition, the specification on impedance to find on a car audio system is only a rough average. For example, three different speakers will have varying impedance based on the sound frequency being supplied to each one.
If you’re opting for the do-it-yourself installation, the very first thing to do is to know the speaker size to fit your car, giving you an idea on what to consider when shopping based on the size of the car appliance. It will also help you shop for related speaker accessories, including mounting boards and speaker boards.
To help, you can use certain methods to choose the right size.
- Take the actual measurements to fit your ride, and record those figures to use when shopping around for that size. Take note of the available space where to install the speakers, and make sure that what you want to install isn’t larger than the speaker space.
- Check on the markers to find on the inbuilt brackets and measure them. Cars, in general, have speaker slot markers, helping owners figure out the best-fitting speakers for the location.
- You can use online tools to look for speaker size recommendations based on the car model. It will also be great to consult your car manual in which to find a section for audio systems, detailing the speakers already coming with your car.
Component vs. Coaxial
What’s the difference? Before digging deep into it, let’s define both.
- Component, also called separate, speakers are made of multiple speaker components. In general, it will be a four to 6.5 inch woofer coming with a one-inch tweeter plus an external passive crossover.
- Coaxial speakers are the same woofer with a one-inch tweeter, which is suspended on a bridge located above the woofer or on an extending pole through the woofer’s center. This crossover is only one capacitor in-line with the tweeter though the high-grade coaxial will possess outboard crossovers.
In most cases, components work and sound better than coaxial types, but it depends on the maker’s decision. For one, it is cheaper to create a coaxial speaker made with cheaper components than it is to create a cheap component speaker. On the other hand, coaxial types offer the advantage of a woofer and tweeter mounted close to each other, making the sound uniformly coming from only one point.
Take note of these things when finding the best-fitting car audio system you need. Just make sure that you’re getting what you’re paying for, so compare your options with these questions,
- Does it sound great?
- Fits my budget?
- Fits my car?
Answer these and you’ll be fine. At the end of the day, it is still your satisfaction that matters. Select car speakers to provide you with the ultimate listening experience based on the above aspects to weigh in.
Hope you picked up something from this guide on “Additional Tips for Improving Your Car Audio.”